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August 26, 2013

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Members of the Nigerian Delegation visit the Dever Medical Unit during their tour with Assistant Deputy Superintendent Rachelle Steinberg at the Suffolk County House of Correction.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently welcomed delegates from the African nation of Nigeria for a tour of the Suffolk County House of Correction.

Comprised of judges, attorneys, clerks and other members of Nigeria’s judicial system and hosted by the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development (CPDD), the group traveled from halfway across the world in the hopes of learning more about the functionalities of Boston’s criminal justice system.

Located in the University of Massachusetts–Boston, CPDD provides research and support services to several organizations in many underserved countries. The program is affiliated with UMass’ Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance and presents a variety of alternative resolutions as practiced by different organizations in the Boston Area.

Led by Assistant Deputy Superintendent Rachelle Steinberg and accompanied by General Counsel Allen Forbes and members of the Sheriff’s External Affairs Division, the tour encompassed an overview of the facility, including stops in the booking area, Education Division, the Ricky Dever Medical Unit, an inmate housing unit, and Contact Visits.

Among the topics of questions fielded during the tour were: the treatment of prisoners, quality and distribution of meals, rehabilitation efforts, and others.

After the tour, Sheriff Tompkins greeted the group of visitors and talked with them about their experiences with the criminal justice system in Nigeria.

Following the tour, Olalekan Afis Alao, a member of CPDD, offered his gratitude to Sheriff Tompkins and the Department for allowing the group to visit.

“I want to thank you for making the tour of the House of Correction a possibility for the delegation from Nigeria,” Afis Alao said. “The tour was interesting and informative, and the presentation was excellent. Altogether, it was impressive and the delegation enjoyed it immensely.”

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